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Our blog contains summaries of recent studies and reports issued by a wide variety of academic, governmental, business, and non-profit organizations which examine the near and mid-term potential of sustainable energy technologies.

2016 Energy Outlooks for Renewables – U.S. EIA and BP

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

2016 EIA Short-term Energy Outlook (April 2016) The 2016 EIA STEO projects that share of renewable electricity generation will increase by 10.0% in 2016 and by 5.1% in 2017. The 2016 EIA STEO projects that share of renewable electricity generation will increase by 10.0% in 2016 and by 5.1% in 2017. Utility-scale solar PV capacity is expected to grow by 9 GW in 2016. States leading in utility-scale solar capacity additions are California, Nevada, North Carolina, Texas, and Georgia. Wind capacity increased by 13% in 2015, and it is forecast to...

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How can energy storage integrate renewables into our power grid?

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

One emerging advancement in the clean energy sector is energy storage – particularly as it applies to storing renewable energy on the electric grid. The energy from renewable fuel sources can be stored at any point in the electric distribution system – at power stations, along transmission, lines, and near customers. Energy storage holds many potential benefits: – It could optimize the availability of renewable energy, which is naturally intermittent; – Stored energy could alleviate energy shortages and blackouts as back-up...

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Floatovoltaics – A solution for water and energy conservation?

Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Japan’s Kyocera and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation just started construction on its long planned 13.7 MW floating solar installation on the Yamakura Dam reservoir – the largest floating solar installation in the world. However, floating solar panel installations (also called “floatovoltaics”) have also propped up in the U.S in the past five years. “Floatovoltaics” are floating photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, which are convenient to install in areas with limited land availability. The cost of leasing water for solar installations...

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Current state of U.S. renewable energy policy

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently released its projections for the U.S. energy sector in their Annual Short-term Energy Outlook report.  As of 2014, renewable energy sources (hydropower, wind energy, biomass wood, biomass waste, geothermal, and solar energy) made up about 13% of the U.S. energy sources, with nearly half of that percentage (48%) coming from hydro.  According to the Outlook report, EIA expects total renewable useage by the power sector to increase by 8.1% in 2016. The development of renewable energy...

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EIA Energy Outlook 2013

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Energy Information Administration (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook: 2013 On December 5, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its Annual Energy Outlook report for 2013. The report concluded that the United States will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions nine percent by 2020 from 2005 levels, falling short of the 17 percent target. In addition, energy-related carbon emissions are projected to remain about five percent below 2005 levels through 2040. The report shows that by 2040 the power sector will become more reliant on...

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BCSE Clean Energy Factbook 2013

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy recently released its 2013 factbook on U.S. clean energy markets. Check it out: BCSE Sustainable Energy Factbook

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NREL Bioenergy Report

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

NREL recently released a report on the future of biofuels. Check it out: NREL Bioenergy Report

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Study: Iowa Renewable Energy Potential

Posted by on Sep 24, 2007 in Blog | 0 comments

The Potential for Renewable Energy in Iowa Clean energy policies could save Iowa consumers more than $1 billion, create 5,000 jobs and cut fossil fuel pollution by 2020, Environment Iowa said in new report. # # # # # # # # “REDIRECTING IOWA’S ENERGY” by Environment Iowa, December 20, 2006 Executive Summary Iowa can be a leader in renewable energy, providing home-grown power to increase our state’s and country’s energy security. Fortunately, investing in clean energy policies would generate new high-paying jobs, save...

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